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You may have noticed that the Apple Store is temporarily unavailable this morning, with a message saying, "Be right back. We're making updates to the Apple Store. Check back soon." That's because Apple is hosting an Unleashed event later today, and obviously some new products are inbound. Here's how you can watch the event, and what we're expecting to be announced. When And Where To Watch Apple's Unleashed Event Today's virtual event will be livestreamed, and is Apple's second (and perhaps last) one for this year. It will kick off at 10:00 am PT (1:00 pm ET), and if we had to guess, it probably last around an hour, maybe a little longer. You can catch it right here... We'll be covering the highlights... Read more...
Earbuds and headphones have become essential over the last few years, especially for those who have been working from home. Products like Apple’s AirPods Pro are particularly desirable for their features like active noise cancellation. Unfortunately, these kinds of features do not always work. Apple began offering a service program last year for AirPods Pro that would cover them for two years after first sale to address issues with sound. However, they seemed to have determined that two years is simply not long enough. Now Apple has quietly extended its service program for the AirPods Pro to three years. The program was meant to address certain issues that AirPods Pro owners were experiencing... Read more...
Hey, guess what? Apple has finally decided to allow sideloading on iOS devices! Just kidding—anyone fooled has not been paying attention to the almighty institution that is Apple, the guardian of consumers and overseer of mobile security. Or something like that. It is, however, being pressured to follow in Google's footsteps and allow sideloading, which prompted the company to issue a report on the many reasons why it feels that is a recipe for disaster. The biggest one? Citing a pair of Nokia threat intelligence reports from 2020 and 2019, Apple says Android devices over the past four years fell prey to 15-47 times more malware than iPhone handsets. The insinuation is that following in... Read more...
A couple weeks ago, we wrote about a potentially frustrating iOS 15 messaging bug that could permanently delete precious photos saved to your iPhone, in certain circumstances. This was even present on the iOS 15.1 beta 2 build, which made us nervous that a fix might still be a bit off in the distance. Fortunately, that didn't end up being the case. Apple said it has addressed the issue in its latest iOS 15.0.1 update. If you own an iPhone device, you can download the update right now—just head to Settings > General > Software Update and it should appear. We checked on an iPhone XS Max and, on that device, it showed up as a 500.1MB download. So depending on how fast or slow your internet... Read more...
As expected, Apple is attempting to appeal a judge's recent ruling that could allow developers to effectively bypass the company's App Store fees, by permitting them to include in-app buttons linking to outside payment systems. Apple's appeal asks for a delay on the injunction that would allow this, potentially pushing back the implementation of buttons for outside-app payments by years. The appeal elicited a comical diss by Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney. Background On Apple And Epic Games Legal Battle As things stand now, app developers generally pay Apple a 30 percent commission on apps sold in the App Store, as well as purchases made from within their apps. For this reason, some companies like... Read more...
By all accounts—even our own—the Apple M1 SoC powering the company's newest machines is a beast, but it comes with a drawback in that you can only run MacOS on it. A lot of folks love MacOS for various reasons, to be sure. It's also undeniable that the proprietary OS limits your access to the majority of desktop and laptop software, though. While it's very unlikely we'll ever see a native version of Windows for Apple Silicon, Linux is the next best thing for software compatibility, and that's already happening. The Asahi Linux project just published its September 2021 progress report outlining all of the advancements that it achieved during the last month, and the news is... Read more...
Starting today you can preorder the Apple Watch Series 7. The latest-generation smartwatches are being touted by Apple as being heavy on features and light on price. Are they really? Let's have a look. The Series 7 brings with it the largest and most advanced display on an Apple Watch thus far. The borders have been reduced by 40 percent to allow 20 percent more screen than the previous Series 6. The screen itself is 70 percent brighter indoors when your wrist is down, and you don’t need to raise your wrist because the display is always on, which is neat. Apple also redesigned the buttons across the system to take advantage of the larger display. This should make it easier when using apps... Read more...
Apple has historically railed against the PC in some of its ad campaigns, such as the popular "Mac vs PC" ads from years past. However, the company never seemed to take a stand against a particular brand or the processing platform itself, considering Apple and Intel were working together at the time. With that relationship currently over -- for the most part at least -- Intel is taking a jab at Apple with a new ad campaign dubbed "Breaking The Spell," where Apple users are apparently convinced to convert to the PC. Though Intel's four-minute and two-second advertisement is about as convincing as any other "real people not paid actors" ad spot, it brings up some interesting points.... Read more...
At last month’s big iPhone 13 keynote event, Apple also revealed its next-generation Apple Watch Series 7. However, unlike the other products announced at the event, the company said that Series 7 wouldn't launch until later this fall. Well, it looks as though the wait isn’t that long after all, as Apple confirmed today that Series 7 preorders will kick off on Friday morning (October 8th) at 8 am ET. The smartwatch family will ship the following Friday (October 15th). The Series 7 betters its Series 6 predecessor with larger 41 and 45 mm displays (up slightly from 40mm and 44mm, respectively). In addition, the bezels are thinner all around (1.7mm), and content on the display wraps... Read more...
When it comes to games and who makes the biggest profit, one may not consider Apple being at the top of the list. But according to figures released as part of Apple’s recent antitrust trial, Apple made quite an operating profit from games in 2019. In fact, Apple made a massive $8.5 billion in profit from games in 2019. The fact that Apple does not make any of its own games makes this an astounding number. That was more than Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony and Activision Blizzard combined. This figure comes from the fact that Apple takes a 30% cut from all digital purchases made via its App Store. It is worth noting that Apple said during the trial that the total was incorrect and too high. To... Read more...
Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro family is right around the corner. And if the latest rumors from Mark Gurman are accurate, the company could hold a virtual event announcing the pro-oriented notebooks later this month. "Apple typically does its major new Mac introductions in October. So, stay tuned," said Gurman. However, he expanded upon his previous reporting to say that the M1X SoC would feature a 10-core processor (8 high-performance cores, two efficiency cores). There will allegedly be two 10 CPU core M1X SKUs: one paired with 16 GPU cores and one paired with 32 GPU cores. Previous reports noted that both the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros would be available with the same processor/GPU... Read more...
If you're a regular HotHardware reader, you probably make contactless payments now and again. You might even do it using Apple Pay, and if you live in a big city with mass transit, there's a decent likelihood that you have Express Transit enabled. If you use a Visa card for it, you may want to reconsider that based on the latest iPhone exploit. Express Transit is a feature of Apple Pay where users can set up a specific card to which transit payments can be charged without unlocking the phone. There are a number of requirements before this can happen, but the foremost one is that it can only be used for contactless payments at transit terminals, like the London Underground. The BBC reports that... Read more...
A security researcher has discovered an Apple AirTags vulnerability that can effectively turn an affordable tracker into a cheap phishing lure. This is made possible through the tracker's "Lost Mode," where the intention is that if a user loses their AirTag, they can mark it as missing. Supposing an honest individual comes across the lost tracker, a custom link will send them to a website with the owner's phone number and whatever message they might want to leave. Good intentions can lead to bad deeds, however, and this same feature can be used against people who are trying to do the right thing. In what seems like a glaring oversight on Apple's part, it is entirely possible for an unscrupulous... Read more...
Another Apple iPhone launch event has come and gone, with the company's latest flagship and mid-range phones already shipping to customers, arriving on front porches just a few short days ago. In a second consecutive year of component shortages, Apple's deep resources and influence seemed to mitigate any potential issues securing chip fab space, which means there's plenty of iPhone supply to go around. This year's devices bring a mix of needed catch-up features, improvements and interesting bonuses that are designed to set the company's smartphones apart from its Android-bearing rivals.  Despite that, it kind of feels like some of the magic has worn off. These days it's easy to get... Read more...
Does something feel off when scrolling webpages on your shiny new iPad mini? Maybe you're holding it wrong (not really). Complaints have surfaced that when holding the latest iPad mini in portrait mode, there is an ever-so-slight delay between how fast the left and right sides of the screen get refreshed, in what is known as a jelly scroll effect. Apple's answer? Everything is normal. For those who notice it, the effect is certainly not normal, though. And it seems to be most noticeable when scrolling through text on a webpage or document. The text and lines on one side of the iPad mini adjusts its respective position just a tick before the other side, and becomes more prevalent when scrolling... Read more...
The right-to-repair movement has been gaining momentum in the past year, but that doesn't mean every device is easy to crack open and fix, should the need arise. Naturally, we're curious where Apple's latest iPhone 13 series stands in the realm of do-it-yourself (DIY) repair. The answer can be found in a thorough teardown. First let's talk specs. The iPhone 13 Pro, which is what just went onto the teardown operating table, is equipped with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display (2523x1170) powered by a custom A15 Bionic system-on-chip (SoC). It also has 6GB of RAM, between 128GB and 1TB of internal storage, and an arrangement of cameras. There's also an iPhone Pro Max, though it's mostly the... Read more...
Misery loves company, right? Just ask Google—the company is seething over a massive fine over Android abuses that was imposed by the European Union three years ago, and has lashed out at the group for essentially turning a blind eye to the "real competitive dynamic" that exists between it and rival Apple. The EU has so far not been swayed. Back in 2018, the EU fined Google 4.34 billion euros, which converts to more than $5 billion in US currency. The EU's ruling took issue with some of Google's requirements for device makers who want to sell Android phones and tablets. It was not on board with Google making it mandatory that Chrome and its on Search be included if allowing access to the... Read more...
When it comes to the Right-to-Repair movement, Apple has been one of the staunchest opponents, doing everything in its power to wrest control away from customers (and third-party repair shops). If given the option, some customers would prefer to perform simple device repairs on their own or at least take them to a third-party repair shop to save a few bucks. Unfortunately, according to a new report, Apple is making that process even harder with its new iPhone 13 family of smartphones. Cracked screens are probably the most frequent repair performed on smartphones of all brands, and the iPhone 13 will be no different (despite what Apple says about strengthening the glass). Unfortunately, the company... Read more...
Did you pick up a shiny new iPhone 13 Pro expecting silky-smooth 120-Hz animations and seamless integration with an Apple Watch? I know I sure did, but things haven't gone as expected on Apple's new smartphone platform right out of the gate. One would think that Apple tested its APIs with the Pro Motion Display and paired an Apple Watch with the phone at some point, but two big bugs have sullied the iPhone 13 Pro experience for new owners right out of the gate.  First up is that the adaptive refresh display in the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max may not always run animations as smoothly as it possibly can. Apple's most commonly-used graphics frameworks -- UIKit, SwiftUI, CoreAnimation.CAAnimation,... Read more...
Like many big tech companies including Microsoft and Google, Apple has a bug bounty program that pays big bucks for newly-discovered security vulnerabilities. The fees for confirmed reports of issues range from $25,000 for "limited" unauthorized control of an iCloud account, to a cool million bucks for a zero-click remote chain with full kernel access without requiring user interaction. Of course companies build good will by following through on their promises of payment in these programs. When a researcher feels ignored, however, that can break trust in the program and leave vulnerabilities unpatched and exposed.  In a recent Washington Post article, several security researchers shared... Read more...
With the iPhone 13 launch out of the way, all attention is diverting towards Apple’s next big release. If the rumors are accurate, Apple’s next big keynote will introduce the all-new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Fortunately for us, Apple’s upcoming macOS Monterey is already leaking details surrounding the new laptops. The folks over at MacRumors discovered code in macOS Monterey Beta 7 that references two new display resolutions. Unfortunately, the resolutions do not coincide with any existing products in Apple’s portfolio, which has everyone zeroing in on the new MacBook Pros. The current 13-inch MacBook Pro has a native resolution of... Read more...
Slowly but surely, Apple has begun trending towards a future where USB Type-C is the default charging standard, though not on its iPhone devices. That could change with the iPhone 14 (or whatever comes after the newly announced iPhone 13 series—perhaps an iPhone 13s lineup?), if the European Commission pushes through proposed legislation to make it a requirement. This appears not to be an 'if' and rather a 'when' type scenario. The European Commission wants to see USB Type-C become the common charging format for electronic devices, calling the initiative "an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience." And indeed, it can be both frustrating and inconvenient to upgrade a gadget,... Read more...
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